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before. noda had an agreement in august that led to the passage of bills to raise the consumption tax and reform social security. he's angling for more agreements. he needs opposition support to help reform the electoral system to address the disparity in weight of votes among constituencies. a more pressing issue, though, is the budget. the prime minister wants opposition parties to vote in favor of a bill to allow the government to issue deficit-government bonds. he says delaying this year's budget will affect people's lives and the economy. >> translator: every year we use the deficit bond bills as a tool to make political deals. we should give up this inappropriate practice. >> for more on this story, shery ahn spoke earlier with nhk world's senior political commentator masayo nakajima. >> masayo, how badly is the leader in opposition now? >> the government will run out of bills if the budget cannot be passed soon. many of the services will come to a halt. this almost happened in the united states in 2011 and this past summer. prime minister noda is telling voters that the opposit
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